SAFA Skysailor Magazine

11 November | December 2023 SKY SAILOR subdued, making it more suited to those with less experience. The current open distance record from the Jil Jil paddock belongs to Adam Stevens who landed 399.5km to the north-east at Cargellico. Birchip Big K Week (25/11 to 3/12/23) The Big K week was introduced in 2011 and has always been held on the last weekend in November over nine action-packed days. This time of year is ideal as it kicks off the restart of the flying season after the colder months. Thermal strength and height are near optimal, and as it’s during the grain harvest, there are harvesters and vehicles driving the paddocks triggering easy to find thermals. While Big K Week was initially only attended by Victorian and South Australian pilots in its early days, it has since become well attended by hang glider pilots from all over the country. The Big K Week isn’t a standard HG comp and there are no prizes or rewards. Individual pilots form tow teams and set their own tasks and goals. The purpose is to give pilots oppor- tunity to improve their best distance flights. Please remember that you need to be a tow endorsed HG pilot to take part in this event. Where to stay The campsite at Tchum Lake has great amenities, including a camp kitchen and function room large enough to do some glider maintenance and tuning if it’s a rainy day. This is the ideal place to stay as it puts you right in the centre of the action, and gives you easy access to the paddocks – the bonus is, you get to camp with like-minded people and make new friends (or reconnect with old ones). For further details about the Birchip Big K Week visit www.hgcomps.com.au All photos: Hughbert Alexander

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